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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Abundance  \A*bun"dance\,  n.  [OE.  (h)abundaunce,  abundance,  F. 
  abondance,  L.  abundantia  fr  abundare  See  {Abound}.] 
  An  overflowing  fullness;  ample  sufficiency;  great  plenty; 
  profusion;  copious  supply;  superfluity;  wealth:  --  strictly 
  applicable  to  quantity  only,  but  sometimes  used  of  number. 
 
  It  is  lamentable  to  remember  what  abundance  of  noble 
  blood  hath  been  shed  with  small  benefit  to  the 
  Christian  state.  --Raleigh. 
 
  Syn:  Exuberance;  plenteousness;  plenty;  copiousness; 
  overflow;  riches;  affluence;  wealth. 
 
  Usage:  {Abundance},  {Plenty},  {Exuberance}.  These  words  rise 
  upon  each  other  in  expressing  the  idea  of  fullness. 
  Plenty  denotes  a  sufficiency  to  supply  every  want  as 
  plenty  of  food,  plenty  of  money,  etc  Abundance 
  express  more  and  gives  the  idea  of  superfluity  or 
  excess;  as  abundance  of  riches,  an  abundance  of  wit 
  and  humor;  often  however,  it  only  denotes  plenty  in  a 
  high  degree.  Exuberance  rises  still  higher,  and 
  implies  a  bursting  forth  on  every  side  producing 
  great  superfluity  or  redundance;  as  an  exuberance  of 
  mirth,  an  exuberance  of  animal  spirits,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  abundance 
  n  :  the  property  of  a  more  than  adequate  quantity  or  supply;  "an 
  age  of  abundance"  [syn:  {copiousness}]  [ant:  {scarcity}] 




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